|Directed by:||Kenny Ortega|
There really are no words to describe how this makes you feel. It is a closer look at the man that was a mystery to us all, but is a daunting reminder of the talent that was lost too soon and a show that was sure to be one of the greater stage productions ever seen, that never went on. Michael Jackson, simply stated, is one of the greatest entertainer to ever live-and while watching 'This Is It' you will forget the legal battles taht surround his death, you will forget the media scrutiny that took over his persona in the mid-90's up until the day he died. You will let all of that go and finally realize why he was once the undisputed king of pop music. He shows no sign of age-he still sings with that powerful, soulful voice-he still moves better than anyone, even at 50 he exceeds the back-up dancers that are nearly thirty years younger than him. This is about the music and what was put into every single song to make this show something that no one had ever experienced. We see Michale take on and control every aspect of the show, from hand-picking the dancers, coaching the back-up singers and the band to pretty much directing the video segments that would play behind him on the enormous screen. In the end though, it is about the songs, every single one of them being masterpieces in their own right, all of them proving more and more that Michael Jackson was in fine shape and in good spirits when it came to returning to the stage. You can see it in his intensity, how it goes from just running through a song, seeing what works and wat doesn't into Michael not being able to help himself give into the beat and the dance and just go all out even though the only audience there were people working on the show. Michael belonged on stage, this last documentation of how amazing the man was belongs to his fans. The one's who had bought tickets, the ones who never had the chance to see him live, the ones who always knew it was the music that made the man and not the other way around. My only complaint is that it didn't last longer, that it didn't give me more of the Michael Jackson we never knew-but that is probably how Michael would have liked it-an iconic figure, pretty much untouchable coming down to say thank you. I can only hope that those who never understood Michael Jackson see this and recognize his skill, and those who have loved him forever are satisfied with this final chapter. Its all for love. L-O-V-E.